Yellowjackets save lives at Blood Drive

Large turnout by donors helps support the blood bank at Arrowhead Regional Hospital


CHS Crimson & Gold Staff

Junior Jasmine Jimenez gives the thumbs up after giving blood on Mar. 9 at the HEAL Pathway Blood Drive.

Colton, CA—More than 80 donors showed up yesterday, March 9, at the Mac Gym to give blood in the HEAL Pathway’s annual winter blood drive. 

This event, sponsored LifeStream Blood Bank, was organized by Kristin Griffith, the HEAL Pathway advisor. Among the donors were two teachers, two CHS office staff members, and campus security supervisor, Shawn Campa.

A blood drive had been scheduled earlier this school year on November 8th, but was canceled due to the low number of donors. 

Griffith strongly encourages people to participate in the blood drive. “Blood drives are a great way to serve our local community and save lives,” Griffith said.

Lisa Schenderlein, a nurse from Arrowhead Regional, agrees with Griffith, adding. “The community depends on blood donations, because most blood donations come from high schools.” 

However, a large number of students have a fear of donating blood, whether due to anxiety about needles, blood, or other complications that might occur.

Although some students disagree, “I didn’t even feel it. It’s not as bad as it looks,” said sophomore Yesenia Gonzalez.

Nonetheless, the medical staff make sure that the participants are prepared and everything runs smoothly. 

In order to donate blood, you must be at least 15 years-old and 110 pounds. 

When participating in a blood drive, this is what one should expect when getting blood drawn:

Donors should eat and drink water before arriving at the donation center. Upon arrival, they are asked questions about their medical history by the staff. 

Once approved and seated, a phlebotomist cleanses the donor’s arm and starts the procedure. The entire process takes about 10 minutes. 

After getting blood drawn, donors are supported as needed by volunteer students from the HEAL Pathway. They are provided food to increase their blood sugar, and given space to rest and regain strength.

All donated blood is sent to the local Arrowhead Regional Hospital. 

It is recommended for students to participate in the blood drive, as well as recruit family and friends in order to help people in need. 

It may seem scary donating blood, but despite that fear, it’s important to consider the benefits and the impact made on the lives of those in need of blood.